Saturday, February 23, 2008

GLOBAL POLITICS AFTER 9/11: THE DEMOCRATIYA INTERVIEWS
Published by The Foreign Policy Centre and Democratiya (London) pp.320.

Edited by ALAN JOHNSON
Preface by MICHAEL WALZER


This book collects together a fascinating series of rich conversations about the dilemmas of progressive foreign policy after 9/11. (Interviews with Paul Berman, Ladan Boroumand, Jean Bethke Elshtain, David Held, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Mary Kaldor, Kanan Makiya, Joshua Muravchik, Martin Shaw, Anne-Marie Slaughter)

HOW TO BUY 'GLOBAL POLITICS AFTER 9/11: THE DEMOCRATIYA INTERVIEWS'

To order Global Politics After 9/11—please send a cheque for £11.95 made payable to the Foreign Policy Centre (£9.95 plus £2 p&p) making clear that you ordering ‘Global Politics After 9/11’ and with your full postal address.

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PRAISE FOR 'GLOBAL POLITICS AFTER 9/11: THE DEMOCRATIYA INTERVIEWS'

‘The Democratiya Interviews do more to re-establish and invigorate a coherent concept of democratic internationalism than any single volume in recent memory. This book is both a breath of fresh air and an act of democratic solidarity.’
Carl Gershman, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

‘Alan Johnson has edited an important and engaging volume of interviews with intellectuals and journalists who play leading roles in today's debates on global politics. At a time when political argument is so riddled by cliched venom, every reflective person on the left who is concerned about the dangerous state of our world should read this collection and think very hard about the different arguments made in it.’
Mitchell Cohen, CO-EDITOR, DISSENT

‘The principles Democratiya develops with such flair are the best route out of the swamp in which too many liberal-minded people have been stuck for too long.’Nick Cohen, AUTHOR OF WHAT’S LEFT? HOW THE LEFT LOST ITS WAY

‘Democratiya has emerged as the leading voice of a new kind of moral politics grounded in the resolve to stand firm against new threats to freedom and democracy in the 21st century. If you are looking for original thinking on the left, this outstanding collection is the place to find it. Prepare to be provoked and challenged.’Thomas Cushman, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, WELLESLEY COLLEGE

Many of the most intractable issues in world politics are conflicts rather than merely problems. There are few prospects of resolving them definitively, but there are better and worse ways of managing them. The Democratiya interviews are an invaluable guide to the principles underlying a rational approach to those conflicts. The analyses are taut, critical thinking of a high order. The interpretations are diverse and unvaryingly thought-provoking.
Oliver Kamm, The Times columnist and author of Antitotaliarianism

‘Democratiya has made an essential contribution to defending our common democratic values of solidarity with those struggling for liberty around the world. In the battle of ideas we require deep intellectual analysis and the sort of moral clarity that Democratiya provides.’Tony Blair, PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, 1997-2007

‘Democratiya has become, by my lights, the liveliest and most stimulating new intellectual journal on political themes in the English-speaking world—certainly the liveliest new thing to appear on the English-speaking left in a good long time.’Paul Berman, AUTHOR OF TERROR AND LIBERALISM AND POWER AND THE IDEALISTS


EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE by MICHAEL WALZER

‘Two commitments give shape to the Democratiya project. The first is to defend and promote a left politics that is liberal, democratic, egalitarian, and internationalist. Those four adjectives should routinely characterize left politics, but we all know that they don’t. The second commitment is to defend and promote a form of political argument that is nuanced, probing, and concrete, principled but open to disagreement: no slogans, no jargon, no unexamined assumptions, no party line. This argumentative style, which is also a moral style, is exemplified in these interviews, where no-one is flattered or set up and where no hard questions go unasked. The men and women interviewed speak plainly, without concealment, and they take importantly different positions on a range of issues.’


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOREIGN POLICY CENTRE

The Foreign Policy Centre is a leading European think tank launched under the patronage of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to develop a vision of a fair and rule-based world order. Through our research, publications and events, we aim to develop innovative policy ideas which promote: Effective multilateral solutions to global problems; Democratic and well-governed states as the foundation of order and development; Partnerships with the private sector to deliver public goods; Support for progressive policy through effective public diplomacy; Inclusive definitions of citizenship to underpin internationalist policies.

The Foreign Policy Centre has produced a range of seminal publications by key thinkers, on subjects ranging from the future of Europe and international security to identity and the role of non-state actors in policymaking. They include After Multiculturalism by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Post-Modern State and the World Order by Robert Cooper, Network Europe and Public Diplomacy by Mark Leonard, The Beijing Consensus by Joshua Cooper Ramo, Trading Identities by Wally Olins and Pre-empting Nuclear Terrorism by Amitai Etzioni.

The Centre runs a rich and varied events programme with representatives from NGOs, think-tanks, companies and government. They can interact with speakers who include prime ministers, Nobel Prize laureates, global corporate leaders, activists, media executives and cultural entrepreneurs from around the world.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DEMOCRATIYA.COM

Democratiya is a free, quarterly online political journal based at Edge Hill University. Visit at http://www.democratiya.com/ Since its launch in September 2005 we have welcomed a quarter of a million unique visitors from 40 countries.


SOME DEMOCRATIYA HIGHLIGHTS

Todd Gitlin on Anti-Americanism / Peter Tatchell on Multiculturalism / Claude Lefort on Totalitarianism / Norman Geras on Crimes Against Humanity / John Lloyd on Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe / Stephen De Wijze on Torture / David R.Adler on Michael Moore / Anja Havedal on Islam and Liberty / Shalom Lappin on Jacqueline Rose’s A Question of Zion / Ian Roxborough on Transatlantic Relations after 9/11 / Alexandra Simonon on Gay and Lesbian life in the Middle East / Marko Hoare on Occidentalism / Elisabeth Porter on Defending Feminist Dreams / Bogusia Puchalska on Democracy Derailed in Russia / André Glucksmann, Seperating Truth and Belief / Judith Shklar, Archive: Putting Cruelty First / Sidney Hook, Archive: The Social Democratic Prospect / Jon Pike on Ted Honderich / Michael Allen on Democracy Promotion / Michael J Thompson on Foucault and Islamism / Jonathan Derbyshire on Primo Levi / Mark Gardner on anti-Semitism / Nick Cohen on George Orwell / more


DEMOCRATIYA EDITORS

Professor Alan Johnson, Edge Hill University

ADVISORY EDITORS include
Paul Berman, New York University
John Bew, University of Cambridge
Brian Brivati, Kingston University
Kirsten Campbell, Goldsmiths, University of London
Joshua Cohen, Goldsmiths, University of London
Robert Fine, University of Warwick
Eve Garrard, Keele University
Norman Geras, University of Manchester
Dr David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Marko Attila Hoare, Kingston University
Quintin Hoare, Director, The Bosnian Institute
Micheline R. Ishay, University of Denver
Faleh A. Jabar, Birkbeck College, University of London
John Lloyd, The Financial Times
Branka Magaš, The Bosnian Institute
Kanan Makiya, Brandeis University
Professor Chibli Mallat, University of Saint Joseph
Jon Pike, The Open University
Khalid Salih, University of Southern Denmark
Martin Shaw, University of Sussex
John Vail, Newcastle University
Barry Winter, Leeds Metropolitan University
Professor Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck, University of London


PRAISE FOR DEMOCRATIYA

· Offers the possibility for all those dissatisfied with the inadequate and clichéd responses of much of the left to the perils of our time to develop more adequate responses, and engage in genuine debate. Jean Bethke Elshtain

· Like a breath of fresh of air promoting serious debate about how we embed progressive values across the world. Ed Owen Former special advisor to Jack Straw, Former Foreign Secretary

· Substitutes dialogue for diatribe, critique for cliché, in creating space for the intelligent conversation needed to revive a praxis of authentic democratic solidarity. Michael Allen, Editor, Democracy Digest

· Reclaims a forgotten or usurped internationalist vision of human rights Prof Micheline Ishay

· The only voice coming out of the left that is attempting to find responsible solutions for terrorism and dictatorship emanating from the failed and failing political systems of the Arab and Muslim world. Kanan Makiya, Author, Republic of Fear

· A most welcome addition to the web literature on Middle East related issues and Iraq in particular. Intellectual depth and insight, informative, critical and challenging. Prof. Sami Zubaida


CONTACT THE EDITOR

Alan Johnson is Editor of Democratiya.com and Professor of Democratic Theory and Practice at Edge Hill University.

Professor Alan JohnsonEdge Hill University
http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/
johnsona@edgehill.ac.uk

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